Manga Monday #4: “Yukarism” by Chika Shiomi

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Yukarism by Chika Shiomi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Teen writer Yukari discovers he lived as a courtesan in his past life. Gaining traces of his previous life, he slowly puts together the life he once had as a famed entertainer and his death. Not only that, the people Yukari meets in his present life coincide with the people his former self have met in the past.

Who were his friends and who were his enemies?

I decided to read this manga out of pure curiosity after reading the premise and I’m really impressed how it turned out. Yukari is quite an interesting character, quite mysterious himself. As soon as I finished the first volume, I immediately had to gain all the volumes my library had to offer!

Have you read this manga?

Ten Influential Books to Kickstart Your 2016

Ready to start your 2016 with strong focus, action, and pure determination? Here are the ten influential books I’ve read last year that may help you this brand new year.

1. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Studying the successful people of his era like Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill summarizes success into four basic steps: desire, belief, action, and persistence. With these four steps, you can achieve anything.

2. “Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success” by Napoleon Hill

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Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Napoleon Hill is awesome! He takes on an imaginary conversation with the devil. The devil is revealed to be our procrastination, our fears, and the roadblock of our daily goals. This book was published years after its originally planned publication in 1938 because it was deemed “too controversial” at its time.

3. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Amazon) (Goodreads)

This book has changed the way I think about money and how I spend it. Robert Kiyosaki provides tips about money you wished you learned way back in high school.  He certainly surprised me and angry (in a good way) because I learned more about the Pythagoras theorem back in high school than investing in myself! You can find my review about this book here.

4. “The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Everywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferris

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The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Timothy Ferris has certainly taken advantage of what life offers him and  shown me how I can do the same. After reading this book, I’ve gained valuable information to work more for myself instead of dedicating my entire soul to a limiting employer.  I’ve become more comfortable with traveling around the world after learning it’s not an unreachable luxury exclusively reserved for the super rich.

5. “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason

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The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (Amazon) (Goodreads)

In this book, you will follow simple Babylonian teachings about money, giving back, financial planning, and savings. Where was this book earlier in my life?

6. “Goals!” by Brian Tracy

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Goals! by Brian Tracy (Amazon) (Goodreads)

You thought of an incredible idea only to forget about it a minute later. If only if you’ve written it down, you certainly would be more chill instead of pulling your hair out about it. Goals! will help you keep track of your ideas and goals with one simple trick: writing it down.

7. “Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Show Your Creativity and Get Discovered” by Austin Kleon

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Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Creativity is one of the greatest gifts you can have as a human being. This book holds ten simple ways you can use your unlimited creativity for your greatest goals. This is a great book for artists of all types!

8. “Act Like A Success, Think Like a Success” by Steve Harvey

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Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Steve Harvey was a homeless man living in his car before he became the renowned entertainer of today. I honestly had no idea he lived in poverty. His story reminds me of this quote from Buddha: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

9. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Amazon) (Goodreads)

A shepherd travels to Egypt to retrieve treasure only to discover there’s more to it than meets the eye.  The Alchemist  has shown me how much power in creating the reality I desire. This book is a permanent resident of my bookshelf.

10. “Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life” by Wayne W. Dyer w/ Kristin Tracy

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Unstoppable Me! by Wayne Dyer w/ Kristina Tracy (Amazon) (Goodreads)

What’s this? A children’s book?!

You can gain insight from a children’s book. Don’t hold yourself back because you think you’re too “adult” for it. This little treasure reminded me  about unlimited thinking. If you have a dream, there’s no stopping to making it come true except for yourself!

“Surprise Book”

11.”Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories” by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman

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Tales from the Script by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I highly recommended this one for screenwriters who are currently stuck in writers’ blocks. There’s more than one approach to screenwriting. You can succeed with your own  style if you’re persistent enough. Reading inspiring stories from successful screenwriters like Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally), Shane Black (Die Hard), and Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher) will make you write so much more next year.

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These are the books that have influenced me to do more in 2015. I hope they do the same for you in 2016. Have a happy new year!